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The Anna (PDF + video)

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I designed this women’s messenger bag especially for a list of needs I had that just weren’t found in other patterns. I needed a bag that was easy to carry and would hold everything I need when I ride my bike.

A simple handbag would not do. I decided a crossbody was my first requirement, next a special padded compartment for IPad, a pocket to store my headphones and enough room to carry other essentials we all have to bring with us as we head out. I love pockets so it definitely needed to have lots and lots of pockets.

I think when you create your own version of this bag you will love the way the lining is installed. I use a unique method of installing the lining. This is NOT a drop in lining bag pattern!


  • 1 yard exterior fabric (cotton, thinner upholstery, microsuede). Do not use cork or pleather for your first bag.
  • 3/4 yard lining (lining A) (quilting weigh cotton)
  • 1/2 yard contrast fabric (lining B).
  • When using your exterior fabric as contrast fabric, you only need 1¼” yard exterior fabric.

Interfacing en stabilizer

  • 1 yard/meter Sew Lazy stiff stuff™
  • ¼ yard/25cm headliner foam
  • ¼ yard/25cm Pellon Craft-Fuse #808 or #809 (substitute with Vilene Decovil I Light or Vilene H250)
  • 1 yard/meter Medium Woven Interfacing: Wovenfuse (gotinterfacing.com) or Vilene G700 (both 44” wide)
  • When using Pellon SF101, you need double the amount of interfacing, since this is only 22”/56cm


  • 5 kam snap (or other snap) -> use a heavy duty snap if you prefer that.
  • rivets to attach the shoulder strap and set the front pocket Size of the rivets depends on the fabric you’ll use. I used rivets with a 8mm pole.
  • 2 triangle rings (1” – 25mm) adjust the fabric to your hardware (they do not need to be the same as the lobster clasps.
  • 1 adjustable strap slider (1,25” or 1,5” – 32mm or 38mm)
  • 2 lobster clasps (same width as your strap slider) adjust the fabric to your hardware
  • 1 piece of false bottom stabilizer (like cutting mat, currogated plastic, plastic mesh,…)


  • #4,5 or #5 handbag zipper 23” (58cm)
  • #4,5 or #5 handbag zipper 15” (38cm)
  • #3 zipper 12” (30cm)
  • #3 zipper 6” (15cm)
  • Stapler (with lots of staples)
  • KAM set press

Bagmaking basics

  • Size 14 or 16 machine needles
  • Rotary cutter and mat (highly recommended)
  • See-through quilting ruler (highly recommended)
  • Clips and pins

This product includes both the full pdf-pattern AND the video course.

You get a downloadable pdf with full colour instructions and a separate pdf with the pattern pieces to print.

Measurements are metric AND imperial.
A cutting list is provided on top of cutting labels.

This is the Combo product of the PDF AND video course. Are you interested in the pdf-pattern without video? Then please buy the other product.

This Video course is a complete step by step video. Great for visual learners.
All 45 parts of the video together run for over 5 hours. I cover everything you need to know while I make the bag with you. I start with cutting out the pattern, and I finish when I attach the strap. The 45 lessons are easily divided so you can jump to that part you need extra guidance with.

*Please note: The videos are delivered via a streaming software in the special course delivery area and are not downloadable.

This bag measures 32 cm wide x 22cm tall and has a dept of 12cm.
In inches this is: 12 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ x 4 3/4″
On the inside you have

  • a padded pocket (fit for an 12″ ipad pro)
  • 5 card pockets
  • a zippered pocket for small items
  • a slip pocket
  • a big zippered pocket

On the outside you have a padded slip pocket and a big zippered pocket.

1 review for The Anna (PDF + video)

    March 19, 2019
    I have quite a few patterns from Serial Bag Makers. When I saw this one available I was extremely happy to add it to my collection. As always very well written, and easy to follow instructions. Thank you for yet another great pattern.

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